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Fake Your Way to a Pinterest-Ready Apartment

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You're about to snap a photo of your perfect holiday roast or the elaborate gift-wrap station you've spent hours setting up. And, by golly, that wrapping station is so super Pinterest-worthy! But if you haven't made sure to move the Sawzall before you snap that shot, everyone will know that your elaborate gift-wrap station is actually your husband's tool bench.

There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to ensuring that your home is Pinterest-worthy — we'll take them room by room.

Preparing for a Bathroom Shoot

Creating the appearance of a tidy bathroom is a pretty painless endeavor that mostly involves turning your own critical eye on your beautifying chamber. Small things like hanging the bathmat, corralling clutter, closing the shower curtain or door and straightening bath and hand towels will make your bathroom look more glamorous than a place where you poop has any right to be. Here's a fun (fun!) trick for hand towels that look a little droopy from use: Flip them around so that the side that was facing the wall is turned outwards, leaving the used side facing the wall.

Once you've tidied, it's time to add a little shine. I've got two words for you: Glass cleaner. Can you handle two more words? I think you can! Here they are: Paper towels. Use glass cleaner and paper towels to remove streaks of toothpaste spittle from the mirror so that selfie showcasing your curling wand skills doesn't reveal that you're a messy brusher. Then use that exact same paper towel to wipe the sink and countertop area, wrapping things up by buffing all the metal fixtures so that they shine like the top of the Chrysler Building.

One last tip: Please remember poor Vicki Gunvalson and make sure not to snap any reflective nudes.

The Living Room As Studio

For the sake of your Pinterest pictures, all you need to focus on when it comes to making your living room photoshoot-ready are the shallowest of cleaning tasks. This isn't the time to worry about vacuuming under the couch, unless there are, like, visible dust bunnies. Go ahead and vacuum those up — they're probably not a thing you want your followers to know about.

Massive clumps aside, small tasks like straightening items such as area rugs and footstools, squaring up stacks of books and magazines, and organizing knickknacks and remotes will make a big difference in the appearance of your living room. Similarly, fluffing up couch cushions and accent pillows, folding blankets or throws and draping them over the armrest or back of your furniture, or giving surfaces a once over with a feather duster are fast fixes that go a long way.

Hide-and-Go-Seek Your Way to a Picture-Perfect Kitchen

Before you snap a shot of your perfect Thanksgiving turkey, make sure to put that sweet potato-crusted dishrag in the dirty laundry bin. Speaking of putting stuff away! Dirty dishes should be transferred from the sink to the dishwasher; clean dishes that are lingering in a dish rack can be put away. Don't have a dishwasher? Stash dirty dishes in the refrigerator or oven (and, uh, set a reminder on your calendar so that you remember to take them out.)

Remember that Windex trick you used to fake the appearance of a clean bathroom? Same goes for the kitchen: Clear surfaces and shiny fixtures are the goal here. The oven may be so desperately in need of cleaning that it smells like burning every time you turn it on, but gosh darn it, your sink faucet will be so shiny you can use it to check for food between your teeth.

The Boudoir as Backdrop

The last stop on our fake-a-clean-house tour is the bedroom. This one is pretty easy: Make your bed. Make it nicely! Fluff the pillows, smooth the bedspread, grab a lint roller and remove all the visible cat hair. Oh, here's a handy tip — if the pillowcases or duvet cover are wrinkled and creased from use, spritz them with water, pull them taut and give them a few minutes to dry completely. They'll look like they were freshly pressed.

Oh gosh, one last thing! Make sure to pick your dirty underpants up off the floor. For Pinterest purposes and also just, like, for life.